"Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming upon you." NIV translation
James gets your attention right out of the gate. To begin, we must examine who he is talking about and understand that, in James' time, there was no middle class only the very rich and the very poor. The majority of Christians came from the very poor and this is what Jesus was talking about when he described how difficult it is for a rich man to get to heaven (see Luke 18:18-30). He is talking, here, to those that do not know Jesus but are very rich in worldly possessions. It is easy for us to say that we are not rich but, if you are reading this, you probably are rich. If you have food, clothing, and a place to sleep, then, you are richer than 75% of the people on the planet! If you have any money, then you are in the top 92% of rich people in the world!